Leavenworth, Wash. -- Firefighters continued to make good progress on the Eagle Fire burning near Leavenworth heading into the weekend. The fire was 50 percent contained Saturday.
Containment lines were completed along Eagle Creek Road on the south side of the fire and also along the east and west fire perimeter. Mop-up to remove threats close to the perimeter was underway.
The fire has burned nearly 2 square miles in steep terrain since it sparked August 19. The fire exploded from 100 acres Monday to 1189 acres by Wednesday. The cause of the wildfire is still unknown.
More than 800 firefighters have been assigned to the fire, including 16 hand crews. Seven helicopters were also deployed to battle the Eagle Fire.
A public meeting to discuss fire progress and the coming days’ expectations was planned for Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Cascade High School on Chumstick Highway near Leavenworth.
While there may be some smoke in the area and an increase in fire traffic traveling through Leavenworth, authorities assured visitors Saturday that Leavenworth and the surrounding areas are open for business as usual.
There were 65 residences or structures along Eagle Creek Road under Level 2 Evacuation. Areas in Evacuation level 3 dropped to a Level 2 on Friday morning.
Eagle Creek Road is closed to the public about 3 miles above the junction with the Chumstick Road.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed some National Forest lands near the fire to entry.
Two minor injuries have been reported on this fire.